Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS
Great Performances
HomeBroadcast ScheduleFeedbackNewsletter Great Performances Shop
Musical TheaterOpera on FilmClassical MusicDanceRegional PerformanceCinema
Multimedia PresentationsDialogueEducational ResourcesRegional Performance
Jerry Lee Lewis: Last Man Standing Live banner
Jerry Lee Lewis
Related Web Sites
The Official Jerry Lee Lewis Website
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Inductees: Jerry Lee Lewis
Rolling Stone: Artists: Jerry Lee Lewis
NPR: Jerry Lee Lewis: "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On"
Sun Studio


JERRY LEE LEWIS: LAST MAN STANDING LIVE premiered during March Pledge in 2007 on PBS (check local listings).

Best remembered for pounding the keyboard frenetically and kicking away his piano bench in the middle of a song, rock 'n' roll piano sensation Jerry Lee Lewis revolutionized the music of the late 1950s and 1960s. Along with other luminaries of his generation like Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, and Johnny Cash, Lewis began his recording career at the famed Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, after early gigs performing rhythm and blues and boogie-woogie as a teenage prodigy. Nearly 50 years after the release of his first single (and amassing a long list of hits, including "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Good Golly Miss Molly," and "Baby Baby Bye Bye"), Lewis' current album, LAST MAN STANDING, features new duet versions of his signature songs performed with a roster of legendary talents, including Eric Clapton, B. B. King, Mick Jagger, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Little Richard, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, and others. GREAT PERFORMANCES captures these historic collaborations in an exhilarating new concert performance that is guaranteed to bring down the house.

Among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's initial group of inductees in 1986, Jerry Lee Lewis, the self-taught pianist and singer dubbed "the wild man of rock 'n' roll," also became a regular on the country-music charts beginning in the late 1960s. Songs such as "Another Place Another Time," "What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Made a Loser Out of Me)," and "Chantilly Lace" are just a few of his hit country singles. Lewis' influence on country, rock 'n' roll, blues, and pop are borne out by the wide range of artists, including Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Kid Rock, Norah Jones, Buddy Guy, Don Henley, and many more, who came together to perform with and pay tribute to the singer's musical legacy in this concert special. See all the music featured in the program in the song list.

Many local PBS stations are offering the concert DVD and the CD as Pledge gifts. To order these items,
pledge now.

Top banner photos: Jerry Lee Lewis, Kid Rock and Jerry Lee, and Kris Kristofferson.

Guitarist Ronnie Wood

Guitarist Ronnie Wood

Singer and keyboardist Ivan Neville.

Singer and keyboardist Ivan Neville.

Great Performances Shop

This program is currently not available from the GP Shop.

Print this page
E-mail this page